Glen Elder Reservoir

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This Location does have Boat Access Fishing Forecast Region 1 Public Fishing Reports Good Fishnig Spots State Park Wildlife Area

GPS Location: N39 30.821 W98 20.408

2131 180 Road
Glen Elder, KS 67446

Impoundment Type: Reservoir

Surface Acres: 12,586 acres

Maximum Depth: 55 ft

Normal Lake Level: 1455.6 MSL

Current Lake Level: 2.0 feet below conservation, releasing 12 cfs

Lake Temperature: 72 degrees

Fishing PopulationCreel LimitMin Length Limit
Walleye 5*** 18 inches
White Bass
Wiper 2**
Striped Bass 2**
Largemouth Bass 5* 18 inches
Spotted Bass 5* 15 inches
Smallmouth Bass 5* 18 inches
Crappie 20
Channel Catfish 10****
Blue Catfish 5****
Flathead Catfish 5
* Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass in Combination
** Striped Bass or Wiper in Combination
*** Walleye, Sauger or Saugeye in Combination

Fishing Report - Last Update: 9/19/2014

Species Rating Size Baits, Method, & Location
ZEBRA MUSSELS     Zebra mussels were detected in Glen Elder Reservoir on August 31, 2013 and the reservoir has now been established as a Designated Aquatic Nuisance Water. This means that no bait can be caught from Glen Elder and used in another water body. Anglers are not allowed to leave Glen Elder with ANY live fish. All harvested fish must be dead prior to leaving the reservoir. Also, anglers should be extra careful when leaving Glen Elder to follow all state laws that require anglers to CLEAN all equipment for anything attached (plants, animals, mud) and remove anything found. Second, DRAIN all water from equipment (livewell, bilge, bait buckets) before using at a different location. Finally, DRY all equipment for a minimum of 5 days before using again. If you need to use it sooner, wash with hot (140 F) water. Everyone is asked to do their part to prevent the spread of this aquatic nuisance species to other waters!
Crappie Slow 10-16 inches Crappie fishing has been very tough this summer with very little success to report.  Anglers have tried fishing the main lake brush piles with minnows and jigs with little success.  Other spots to try include the shallow timber in 8-10 feet of water as crappie often hang near that structure in the summer.  There could also be some fish on deeper channel breaks, old foundations and bridges, or other deep structure.  We have been observing a fair number of young (6-7 inch) crappie shallow while sampling for other species so there is some sign of a 2013 year class.  Fishing will continue to be tough for these guys until things cool off this fall and the fish become more active.
Walleye Fair 15-24 inches

No change here, just haven't been hearing any walleye reports over the last month or so.  The walleye bite has slowed considerably since early June and the ratio of short fish has increased immensely.  Only 13% of the walleye tagged in April for the Fish-a-Thon have been caught, however, indicating that very good numbers of keeper walleye remain.  Anglers may need to change their approach and/or locations to get results now.  The bigger walleye often go deep and are more likely to bite deep running cranks or bottom bouncers than a standard jig and crawler rig.  There is also a summer pattern that sees walleye moving shallow around the flooded brush in Walnut Creek around the points.  Anglers often troll shallow running crankbaits for these fish.  We see a similar pattern on the shore near the state park rocky points.  The fish can be found in less than 6 feet of water, especially early and late in the day.

There are a lot of short fish being caught now so handle these fish carefully.  They are the future keeper walleye!

Approximately 9 million walleye fry were stocked in April.

White Bass Good 11-17 inches Same as last week.  The summer patterns for white bass continue with the nice shad hatch we've seen again this year, and anglers are catching some whites using a variety of methods.  Night fishing with floating lights around the dam, south bluffs, and causeway has produced some fish with several up to 18 inches reported.  Calm days will find fish schooling on the surface chasing shad lakewide and anglers can catch good numbers by looking for this surface activity.  Also, the days with south winds will push shad back into the state park coves and along the main lake points with the whites right behind.  There have been several good reports of anglers fishing shallow rocky humps around the lake and doing well throughout the day catching whites and wipers using roadrunners and Panther Martins.
Black Bass Fair 10-19 inches The bass bite remains good now with smallies offering the best opportunities around the dam, Marina Cove, Osage Cove, Timber Cove, and along the south bluffs. Largemouth can be found in Osage Cove, Mill Creek, and Schoen's Cove.  Topwater lures fished early in the morning and toward dusk work very well for smallmouth while crankbaits and soft plastics will often yield both species throughout the day.
Wipers and Stripers Fair 12-22 inches

There are a lot of young wipers coming into the population between 12 and 14 inches so make sure to identify your catch carefully when catching white bass and wipers! 

Anglers have been catching fair numbers of wipers while fishing for white bass.  Walnut Creek, the north end of the dam, Campground 3, and the river channel on the west end are all good places to look for wipers.  There have also been schooling wipers caught around the rocky point just west of the swim beach on the north side.  A couple of anglers last week reported catching stripers between 10 and 15 pounds in Walnut Creek trolling crankbaits in 20 feet of water.

Channel Catfish Good All Sizes No change here.  Chumming is the main method for catching summertime cats and this year appears to be no exception.  Anglers using rotten beans, wheat, and milo have reported fair to good catches using stinkbait, shrimp, and cut shad.  Other anglers continue to catch some channel catfish and flatheads along the rocky shorelines of the causeway, Granite Creek, and the jetties in the state park.  Set line anglers may have luck in Mill Creek, Granite Creek, and the river channels west of the causeway throughout the summer.  Best baits include goldfish, green sunfish, crayfish, and cut shad.

The KDWPT Fisheries Division video committee recently re-released the 24-minute video titled Fisheries Management in Kansas.  Originally released in 2002, the video details techniques used by agency fisheries management and hatchery personnel to create and maintain quality fishing opportunities across the state. On March 13, 2014, the video was made available on the KDWPT YouTube channel and can be viewed at . 

REMINDER TO ALL ANGLERS!!! There is a creel limit of 20 crappie/day at Glen Elder Reservoir, effective January 1, 2013. Make sure to spread the word that it is now illegal to possess more than 20 crappie each day!!!

Boat Ramp Update: The reservoir is 2.4 feet below conservation so low water is not limiting access at this time, but Granite Creek could be difficult to launch large boats due to the shallow water.

Anglers can now find GPS locations for each of the brush piles located in the reservoir. Simply click on this link Good Fishing Spots and select the individual brush pile. As we enhance these brush piles throughout the year, we'll make a note under each individual location.  Check it out for the recent additions we made in March 2014.  Special thanks to the over 20 volunteers who made it possible for these brush piles to continue to get upgrades as well as the new piles that we constructed.

For current water temperature and reservoir elevation, simply click on the "Glen Elder Reservoir" link above this report.

Please discard of leftover bait in a trash can, even baitfish. Remember it is illegal to release any fish into public water unless it was taken from that water!